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New York Knicks: Linsanity, part 2

The New York Knicks showed the league what Linsanity means. A couple of seasons back, Jeremy Lin emerged as a co-leader for the Knicks out of nowhere. The undrafted point guard out of Harvard was given the chance to play and he soon established his role as the starting point guard of the team. Very quickly he became a fan favorite, mainly thanks to his clutch performances and his unique penetrating skills. As the latest rumors state, fans in New York might re-live such moments with Jeremy Lin on board, as the Houston Rockets are interested in trading him to the Knicks, alongside Omer Asik.

The Rockets’ main focus is to trade away big man Omer Asik. Lots of rumors and trade scenarios have emerged to the surface lately. If the Rockets agree on a deal with the Knicks, it will likely involve Tyson Chandler, and if the New York throws in Tim Hardaway Jr., the Rockets might include Jeremy Lin in the trade, too.

The one thing that might block the deal is the big contracts both Lin and Asik have for the 2014-15 season. Each of them is owed $14.9 million for the next season.

The certain fact is that the Knicks need to upgrade their frontline. Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace and Amar’e Stoudemire all experienced injuries this season and it’s still unclear if they will be 100 percent come playoff time. New York will certainly need some help in the middle and Asik seems like a great fit. The seven-footer out of Turkey is a defensive whiz and mostly a screener and finisher on offense.

Lin has been battling throughout the season with Patrick Beverley for the Rockets starting point guard role. It’s almost certain that head coach Kevin McHale would not have much of an issue assigning Beverly the starting job on a consistent basis if Lin were traded away. At the same time, if the Rockets acquire Hardaway Jr., the rookie would be a great addition as an athletic three-point threat on the wing, and Aaron Brooks would assume the full-time backup point role.

A Jeremy Lin comeback to New York City would mean big news for the Knicks. Linsanity would once again make the fans of the team go ecstatic. Lin could take over at the starting point guard position with Raymond Felton’s role being reduced. Lin’s comeback would give hope to the fans of the team for this season, as the Knicks have not been playing as expected. Maybe the Knicks need to shake things up in order to move forward.

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